Todd Blanding, CFA, serves as Chief Investment Officer and sits on the Investment Committee. He is responsible for managing the investment process, which focuses on middle-market real estate opportunities. Todd has more than 17 years of real estate investment experience. Previously, he was a vice president and portfolio manager at Essex Property Trust, where he managed a $3.1 billion portfolio of multi-family assets. His past experience also includes serving as vice president of real estate acquisition at GI Partners, where he helped grow equity commitments in the firm’s real estate funds from $750 million to $1.25 billion and sourced more than $200 million in new investments for the portfolio. Todd also served as vice president of real estate acquisitions at JPMorgan. In that role, he sourced $1.1 billion in investment opportunities and led the formation of more than $600 million in acquisition and development joint ventures on behalf of JPMorgan’s commingled funds and separate account clients.
Todd is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Michigan. He also has a master’s of business administration degree in finance, real estate and strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he graduated summa cum laude.
For over ten years, Platform Ventures has specialized in middle-market real estate opportunities and, through its subsidiaries, has invested throughout the U.S. As a result, our portfolio is diverse and our risk is not tied to a single niche or strategy. Our diligent approach allows us to uncover underlying value. Platform Ventures’ principals and leadership team are involved in every deal. From site visits to financial analysis, we dig into the details of every deal. We invest our own money, and our co-investors range from high net worth individuals to family offices to institutional investors.